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'Ice T' opens at AZ Gallery

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The Earth is finally tilted in our favor, and so begins the rush to do all things summer: picnic, swim, drink cool cocktails, wear skimpy clothes. Artists are affected by these things as well, but instead of simply talking about the pleasures of changing seasons with friends at a picnic lunch, they sometimes express themselves by splashing colors onto canvas.


Two such local artists who are putting on a summer show are DC Ice and T. (Todd) Peterson. They both have distinct styles, and each like to tackle what could be considered unconventional subject matter. St. Paul's AZ Gallery will host their upcoming show, "Ice T."

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DC Ice has a decadent style for painting her macabre creatures. In fact, her website welcomes "malicious romantics" with darkly penned illustrations of skulls and roses colored with a cheery water-color palette. This seems to be her style. Her creatures, though a touch scary, seem to be of a cheerful constitution (for the most part, anyway). They have a drawn or sketched quality, and for some of her she uses a razor blade to draw on scratchboard before painting.

Todd Peterson tends to use a more muted palette for his impressionistic and sometimes abstract subject matter. He'll paint pleasant summery landscapes in pastel tones, for instance, and then zoom in for a closeup of a man smoking a cigar. Or he'll paint a portrait and pick a feature on the subject and heighten it to the point of being unbelievable.

View this summer mash-up exhibition featuring DC Ice and T. Peterson beginning this Friday, July 1 with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Ice T. will be on display through July 30 at AZ Gallery located at 308 Prince St. in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul.